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Right after the Camry Hybrid was named 2007 Green Car of the Year, Toyota dedicated the award to Dave Hermance, the company's lead engineer on hybrid projects who died in a private airplane crash less than a week ago. Ron Cogan, editor of the Green Car Journal and sponsor of the award, made the presentation to Ed La Rocque, Toyota's national car marketing manager. La Rocque thanked the magazine and then acknowledged the contributions that Hermance made to the hybrid's development. The Camry Hybr

Called the "most knowledgeable person in this country on the subject of hybrids," Dave Hermance died Saturday while piloting his small plane. A veteran pilot who competed in acrobatic events, Hermance reportedly was performing stunts off the coast near Long Beach and San Pedro when his Interavia E-3 plane crashed into the ocean. Witnesses said the plane was flying loops and dives before the accident. No other passengers were aboard. Hermance had been with Toyota since 1991 and became the top hyb

The end of the line for driving down the price of hybrid batteries with large order size is here, Toyota Motor executive engineer Dave Hermance said during a recent visit to the Toyota plant in Georgetown, Kentucky. The economy of scale strategy has run out on nickel-based batteries, he said, but new technology – batteries made using lithium ion – are coming. Trouble is, this won't be for a few more years: three for the first hybrids to use them (like this Smart EV prototype), ten un